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Drilling Ahead: Crystal-clear focus on asset integrity, reliability

Posted on 03 September 2014 in 2014, Departments, September/October

Asset integrity and reliability are hardly new concepts, but today they are more important than ever before…

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Noble Energy announces successes with Katmai, Dantzler wells in deepwater GOM

Posted on 03 September 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, The Offshore Frontier

Wireline logging in two Noble Energy wells in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico indicates a total of 154 net ft of crude oil pay was discovered in multiple reservoirs…

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FMC vocational technical training recognizes importance of non-technical skills

Posted on 02 September 2014 in Drilling It Safely, News

The oilfield service business is a people business, and when you deal with human beings, there are no absolutes. In the world of vocational technical training, this means…

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Drilling the distance

Posted on 29 August 2014 in 2014, CurrentFeatures, Features, Innovating While Drilling, Onshore Advances, September/October, The Efficient Rig

The drill site has physically evolved with the advent of horizontal drilling and multiwell pads. No longer is a rig confined to drilling a single well before having to rig down, move to another location and rig up again…

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Uncertainty reigns in new regime for risk, contract management

Posted on 29 August 2014 in 2014, Global and Regional Markets, September/October

As one of the oil and gas industry’s best-loved terms, “game-changer” ranks near the top of the list, typically signifying development of step-change technology…

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Verification of rig power systems critical in software testing

Posted on 29 August 2014 in 2014, Innovating While Drilling, September/October, The Efficient Rig

In offshore dynamically positioned (DP) drilling operations, power, thrusters and other systems are below deck and often out of sight…

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‘Additional insured’ coverage scope still evolving, still unclear

Posted on 29 August 2014 in 2014, Global and Regional Markets, September/October

While many policyholders may be consoled by the notion that additional insured coverage will be judged from the terms of an underlying service contract…

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Good well design helps mitigate solids settling in cuttings re-injection

Posted on 29 August 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, September/October

Attention has been drawn to the practice of cuttings re-injection as an environmentally friendly technique for the drill cuttings and waste disposal…

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Human factors: the next safety frontier

Posted on 29 August 2014 in 2014, CurrentFeatures, Drilling It Safely, Features, September/October

The average adult brain weighs only 3 lb and measures just 15 cm long. But an astonishing level of complexity is contained within that belies its physical size…

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Nurturing growth in Africa

Posted on 29 August 2014 in 2014, CurrentFeatures, Features, Global and Regional Markets, Onshore Advances, September/October, The Offshore Frontier

Come nightfall, the majority of people in sub-Saharan Africa are left in the dark. Nearly 600 million people – approximately 70% of the sub-Saharan Africa population – are without electricity, according to the World Health Organization and International Energy Agency…

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